Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner has been awarded the OBE or Order of the British Empire award this week for his services to the motor sport industry. Horner took the helm of the red Bull team in 2005 and has won three straight title with the energy drink company alongside Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel. The 39-year-old said:
“It’s all a bit unexpected. Incredible really,” Horner said.
“I’m naturally shocked, but I just feel very honoured and privileged to receive it. To be in the company of men and women who have achieved such great things for the country is something very, very special.
“This is right up there with what I have achieved in motor sport. You look at the list of people and that they have done across all different industries, charities, for their communities, then I’m hugely honoured.”
Horner joins other F1 luminaries such as Adrian Newey, Ross Brawn, Damon Hill, John Surtees, Murray Walker and Cosworth co-creator Keith Duckworth. Now…let’s be honest, it is about time the UK get off their collective backsides and make John Surtees a Knight for crying out loud!